Back in Kandalaksha this evening

Just letting the world know that we are slowly moving back towards Kandalaksha, and it is business as usual starting this evening. Greetings from the village of Kashkarantsy, where we stopped for the night.

Had one too many beers, climbed the horsie, survived

On returning from the Village of Kuzomen found the little horse hanging by our camper again. This time, with more than one beer inside me, I thought it a good idea to get on the animal that, apart from attempting to bite at my legs, took this abuse quite calmly and gave me a ride around our camp. 

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Half-price on all my services till the end of August

Yes, I can be hired as a guide, a driver, an interpreter, or an agent of any sort (market research, sourcing, location/people/grave/whatever search) from my return to Kuzomen expected around the middle of August till the end of the month for HALF PRICE, i.e. $12.50/hour, with the use of the vehicle also halved to 20 cents/kilometer. A rare opportunity to get me cheap while helping me to revive my stagnating business.

Moscow’s “renovation” plans. Why many residents are unhappy.

I’ve been asked several times over the last month what’s the big fuss about the proposed plans to knock down several thousand of Moscow’s outdated (mostly from the 1950s and 1960s) buildings. Here is an article, in English, summarizing what’s wrong with mayor Sobyanin’s project. And here is another one from The Moscow Times explaining why scores of Muscovites are not that happy about the authorities’ big plans.

Alexandra is now a member of a “foreign agent” organization

A few days ago, on April 20 2017, the Ministry of Justice declared the Kola Ecological Center, of which my mate Alexandra is a member, a “foreign agent” for receiving foreign financing and being engaged in political activity.

Its “political activity” appears to be taking part in public hearings where government officials were present.

The “foreign agent” status means, in addition to a serious stigma, a significant increase in the amount of reporting paperwork the NGO has to do.

The Kola Ecological Center is behind the eco-trails east of Kandalaksha and near Kolvitsa. They also orchestrated the construction of a WW2 memorial in Kolvitsa. These are the sort of things that stand out in their work, not attempting to influence Russian government officials using foreign funds.

Stress therapy for Alexandra

Yesterday drove through 250km of snow and blizzard on the insistent request of my mate, who apparently needed some variety to clear her head off the eider thoughts. If anybody does not know, she is intensely working on a book on the relationship between humans and eider ducks. Sometimes that results in brain overheat, thus the need for a cooling trip once in a while.

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Last year’s searches

While the vast number of searches taking visitors to my www.kandalaksha.su remain unknown (only one out of about 16 shows), here is a summary of known search words/phrases that took visitors to my site during the last year: 

Search Views
kandalaksha 23
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saami 7
prostitute petrozavodsk 5
teriberka 4
hand grenade 4
salla border camp contect number 4
kandalaksha.su 4
watch leviathan with english subtitle 3
kirkenes to murmansk 3
finnish cultural expo at petrozavodsk nov 2016 3
stone flower apatity 3
murmask city indian culture festivals 3
olenegorsk 3
british cemetery murmansk 2
murmansk brides 2
seidozero 2
murmansk teriberka distance 2
rp5.ru 2
http://kandalaksha.su/yet-another-report-of-a-criminal-charge-for-fictional-registration/ 2
julia myrzik 2
aleksey golenkevich 2
watanabe haruhisa bicycle 2
vodka free 2
jogge murmansk 2
newcombe mott 2
rent a dacha in moscow 2
birds of kola peninsula 2
kandalaksha murmansk russia 2
camper parking murmansk 2
monchegorsk, ru news 2
new de kandalaksha 2016 2
cortana hot 2
alcohol free vodka 2
newcome mott 1
leviathan russian film with english subtitles 1
kandalaksha finland border 1
motel pomor tur kandalaksha 1
kandalaksha beluga 1
alcohol vodka 1
dacha for rent in ryazan 1
haruhisa watanabe murmansk 1
левиафан watch online with english subtitles 1
сноумобайл мурман 1
watch leviathan 2014 online english subtitles 1
salla border crossing 1
birds in colorado winter 1
сталин в хибинах 1
murmansk luvenga 1
kanozero 1
crawl under legs 1
new york times кандалакше 1
zarechensk otel 1
solovki island in winter 1
travel from kandalaksha to salla 1
semalt expert 1
puromisterio 1
” newcomb mott” 1
murmansk ferry 1
greenwich hotel murmansk 1
severomorsk city 1
ww.beutiful kola ru gora.com 1
gagarin museum murmansk 1
prostitud in kandalaskha in russia 1
leviathan watch in english 1
borisoglebsk 1
camping in murmansk 1
watanabe haruhisa 1
stalin statue 1
kirovsk railway station 1
murmansk prostitution 1
varzuga 1
revda elegant 1
newcomb mott skafferhullet 1
trunkovsky aleandr 1
anna mikhailova 2014 1
28.5.2016 varzuga 1
russian mega project 1
ferry kem solovki 1
scammer michael horan 1
game.kandalaksha 1
visa registration russia 1
lake in northwest russia giant myth 1
prostitutes murmansk 1
lovozero train station 1
левиафан english subtitles online 1
ferge kirkenes murmansk 1
map of alexandrov 1
birds of the whitesea 1
murmansk off limit foreigners 1
ferry to murmansk 1
murmansk ferry from 1
border crossing in salla. 1
saami russian 1
kashkarantsy 1
petrozavodsk prostitutes 1
гест хаус алакуртти 1
apatity 1
dacha for rent st petersburg 1
кандалакша макдональдс 1
dacha rent in moscow russia 1
rybachy peninsula ooen foreigners 1
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rybachy 1
rent dacha near moscow 1
kandalaksha russia 1
kandalaksha military 1
axe murder 1
buran snowmobile 1
kandalaksha mountains 1
pulonga 1
паром кандалакша соловки 1
epiphany murmansk 1
handgrenade 1
russian brothel murmansk 1
diving equipment +finland 1
ugly police 1
prostitution in kandalaksha 1
hotel accommodation cards rates 1
yacht belomorsk 1
ferry murmansk 1
a few photos from musta-tunturi and sredni 1
ryrik chemyakin at70 north 1
kandalaksha.history and attractions 1
sredny peninsula 1
watercolours moscow 1
ponoj 1
haruhisa watanabe 1
flyviking norway 1
avia crash 1
teriberka hotel 1
http://kandalaksha.su/new-winter-tour-on-the-solovetsky-islands/ 1
solovetsky snowmobile 1
hare krishna saint petersburg 1
president of sos childrens village s. kaul 1
olenya air base 1
lovozero shopping 1
dacha rent moscow 1
kandalaksha town 1
murmansk city from india 1
crow on head 1
mcdonalds murmansk 1
kozulya cookie karelia 1
hand gernade 1
kola kopeikin 1
kandalaksh, russia 1
google maps kandalksha water temperature 1
apatity stone flower 2017 1
murmansk oblast woman photo 1
2017 ma tole kola 1
reindeer boots lovozero 1
siddhartha kaul 1
renting a datcha for 3 monthe inkostroma 1
ferry oslo to murmansk 1
monchegorsk prostitutes 1
Unknown search terms 4,381

Glad to see that prostitution is not an unconditional leader the way it was towards the end of my Moscow phase.

Santa Claus in a bird cage

garages
There are few things more gloomy and depressing in this country than postapocalyptic style”garage coops”. Our car has been stuck in one of these, in Niva-3, an industrial outskirt of Kandalaksha, for the last two weeks for a welding job.

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Kola Expeditions is getting ready to receive English-speaking travellers

They ordered me to translate their site into English, and immediately uploaded these translations to snowtracker.ru/en/. Last March we ourselves took part in one of their 3-4 hour tours, were impressed, and can recommend Kola Expeditions to travellers looking for the “local spirit”.

kola-expeditions

My English students seek conversation practice

Here is a letter from one of them:

irina-2I’m desperate for English conversation practice!

In exchange, I can be your guide in Kandalaksha.

I can meet you at the train station, help you check into a hotel, recommend a place to eat, suggest places to visit, take you there, keep you from getting lost, and in every other way make you stay in Kandalaksha pleasant and comfortable. All totally free if you speak English to me and encourage me to do the same.

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